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ERIC Number: EJ815780
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0033-6297
Accounting for Success and Failure: A Discursive Psychological Approach to Sport Talk
Locke, Abigail
Quest, v56 n3 p302-320 Aug 2004
In recent years, constructionist methodologies such as discursive psychology (Edwards & Potter, 1992) have begun to be used in sport research. This paper provides a practical guide to applying a discursive psychological approach to sport data. It discusses the assumptions and principles of discursive psychology and outlines the stages of a discursive study from choice of data through to transcription and analysis. Finally, the paper demonstrates a discursive psychological analysis on sport data where athletes are accounting for success and failure in competition. The analysis demonstrates that for both success and failure, there is an apparent dilution of personal agency, to either maintain their modesty in the case of success or to manage blame when talking about failure. It is concluded that discursive psychology has much to offer sport research as it provides a methodology for in-depth studies of supporting interactions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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